.id insight newsletter - June 2015
Brawlers, Bawlers, Bastards…. and the Bona Fide
The by-line to the Tom Waits album Orphans, is ‘Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards’, which brilliantly describes the scope of his songs. However I often think that it also describes the nature of commentary on public policy issues.
We get the over-simplified opinions of the Brawlers, the nostalgic pining of the Bawlers and the self-interested views of the Bastards. This is relevant to the current discussion we’re having in Australia about housing affordability too. We get the Brawlers telling us we have to simply build more houses; we get the Bawlers who want to establish a utopia of large-scale provision of public housing; and we get the Bastards, who really don’t want to change anything because of the self-interest they have in maintaining the status quo (often closely associated with the Brawlers).
Thankfully, along with the Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, there is the Bona Fide. If you want an authentic insight into understanding housing affordability check out Glenn’s blog on a demographer's view of the subject. You’ll get respectful insights into housing affordability; a clear definition of what it is; an explanation of the issues; an understanding of the complexity clarified with actual case studies based on evidence; links to resources that enable you to do your own research; and you’ll get the confidence to draw your own conclusions on the basis of the evidence presented.
What do we do? Demography! Why do we do it? To offer a bona fide alternative to the brawlers, bawlers and bastards! Check out our video to find out how and why we do it.